Winners Announced in OTC 2014 MAW Art Contest
Approximately twenty-five Pierce County art students recently participated in the 2014 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) Student Design Competition sponsored by Okefenokee Technical College. Students in Ms. Jane Callahan’s Pierce County Middle School seventh grade art class and students in Ms. Lisa Gillis’s GATE class were among those who entered the contest.
Manufacturing Appreciation Week is an annual event that recognizes the contribution of manufacturing to Georgia’s economy. Students who wish to participate in the art contest are asked to depict the importance of manufacturing to their lives and communities through a design. Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) sponsors an area competition as part of the statewide effort. A committee comprised of OTC employees judges the artwork.
Blackshear Elementary School 2014 winners are Kylie Griffin, 1st place; Allen Boatright, 2nd place, and Josea Abshire, 3rd place. Pierce County Middle School 2014 winners are Marissa Lee, 1st place; Rayla Holcomb, 2nd place, and Megan Thrift, 3rd place.
Winners from both schools were presented prizes, and all participants were given an appreciation gift for their hard work and creative efforts. In addition, all entries from both schools were submitted to the state student design competition sponsored by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The top three statewide winners in each age category (Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12) will be honored at the Governor’s Awards Luncheon April 17 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. Manufacturing Appreciation Week was developed by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Contest coordinators hope that as part of the contest process area children will research information on manufacturing and learn that a career in manufacturing can be so much more than assembly line work. “We want students to know that manufacturers provide jobs for engineers, scientists, advertisers and many others in our state.” Manufacturing Appreciation Week will be celebrated April 14 - 18, 2014.